Classics for Beginners

classics for beginners

The above linked article names these books as good beginning books for those who want to start reading the classics.  There is a video explaining why we should read classics, but it’s long, so I am watching it in pieces.  The other thing that isn’t brought up is that most of these are easy to get at the libraries.

Don Quixote

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

To kill a mockingbird

Pride and prejudice


Adventures of huckleberry Finn


The odyssey

Moby dick

Big Summer Books for 2019

Big Summer Books for 2019 was part of the List of lists.  There were a few books here that I hadn’t seen on the other lists.

I also didn’t get to them over the summer, but I am sure I will, one day.


New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, edited by Margaret Busby (Amistad, May).

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (Bloomsbury, June).

Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman (NYRB Classics, June).

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr (Harper, June).

Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain (Gallic, June).

The Plus One by Sarah Archer (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July).


Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariffand Georgia Hardstark (Forge, May).

A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey From Compton to Oxford by Caylin Louis Moore (Thomas Nelson, June).

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford (St. Martin’s, June).

Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, June).

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House, June).

Man Fast by Natasha Scripture (Little A, June)..

Buzz Sting Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Simon and Schuster, July). .

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara (Penguin, July).

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed, July).

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson (Ecco, July).

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, August)

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle (Viking, August).

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy by A.N. Wilson (Harper, September).

Unique reading log

Reading log

A teacher came up with a different kind of reading log that isn’t as difficult for people to follow, and it makes it easier to log what the student is reading. The point is to keep reading, not to torture the child with logging it.

A lot of the tasks are fun, like read in the bathtub with no water. Shared reading activities like read to a stuffed animal are included as well as wide requirements such as read a magazine. Just make reading fun!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic heritage month

Hispanic heritage month runs from Sept 15 – October 15 this year.  Below are the books that are recommended in the above linked article.  There are a lot of them, mostly because they are listed in both English and Spanish.

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera

    by Gabriel García Márquez

  2. El amor en los tiempos del cólera

    by Gabriel García Márquez

  3. Prayers for the Stolen

    by Jennifer Clement

  4. Juliet Takes a Breath

    by Gabby Rivera

  5. Like Water for Chocolate

    by Laura Esquivel

  6. Como agua para chocolate

    by Laura Esquivel

  7. Before We Were Free

    by Julia Alvarez

  8. Antes de ser libres

    by Julia Alvarez

  9. Cantoras

    by Carolina De Robertis

  10. Next Year in Havana

    by Chanel Cleeton

  11. The Grief Keeper

    by Alexandra Villasante

  12. Taína

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

  13. Taína

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

  14. Crux

    by Jean Guerrero

  15. The Book of Unknown Americans

    by Cristina Henríquez

  16. Where We Come From

    by Oscar Cásares

  17. De donde venimos

    by Oscar Cásares

  18. Border Child

    by Michel Stone

  19. The Shape of the Ruins

    by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

  20. Sudden Death

    by Álvaro Enrigue

  21. Fruit of the Drunken Tree

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

  22. La fruta del borrachero

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

  23. Sabrina & Corina

    by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

  24. Lost Children Archive

    by Valeria Luiselli

  25. The Book of Emma Reyes

    by Emma Reyes

  26. El libro de Emma Reyes

    by Emma Reyes

  27. The Crazy Bunch

    by Willie Perdomo

  28. Hopscotch

    by Julio Cortazar

  29. Between Eternities

    by Javier Marías

  30. Entre Eternidades

    by Javier Marías

  31. The Far Away Brothers

    by Lauren Markham

  32. My Beloved World

    by Sonia Sotomayor

  33. Mi mundo adorado

    by Sonia Sotomayor

  34. Gods of Jade and Shadow

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  35. Bodega Dreams

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

  36. El vendedor de sueños

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

  37. Dreaming in Cuban

    by Cristina García

  38. The House on Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros

  39. La Casa En Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros

  40. Lost Empress

    by Sergio De La Pava

  41. Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.

    by María Amparo Escandón

  42. The First Rule of Punk

    by Celia C. Pérez

  43. La primera regla del punk

    by Celia C. Pérez

  44. Undocumented

    by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

  45. Harvest of Empire

    by Juan Gonzalez

  46. The Spirit of Science Fiction

    by Roberto Bolaño

Things That Women in Literature Have Died From

things women in literature have died from

The above linked article mentions things that women in literature have died from.   I think my favorites are “missing slippers” and “shawl insufficiency.”

  • Cold hands
  • Beautiful face
  • Missing slippers
  • Wrist fevers
  • Night brain
  • Going outside at night in Italy
  • Shawl insufficiency
  • Too many pillows
  • Garden troubles
  • Someone said “No” very loudly while they were in the room
  • Letter-reading fits
  • Drawing-room anguish
  • Not enough pillows
  • Haven’t seen the sea in a long time
  • Too many novels
  • Pony exhaustion
  • Strolling congestion
  • Sherry served too cold
  • Ship infidelity
  • Spent more than a month in London after growing up in Yorkshire
  • Clergyman’s dropsy
  • Flirting headaches
  • River unhappiness
  • General bummers
  • Knitting needles too heavy
  • Mmmf
  • Beautiful chestnut hair
  • Spinal degeneration as a result of pride
  • Parents too happy
  • The Unpleasantness